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Mayan art show in Berlin

Sculptures celebrating the human body, precious jewelry, animals from frogs to jaguars and depictions of deities are going on show in Berlin in an exhibition that offers a glimpse of centuries of Mayan art.

Sao Paulo's favelas: Marginalised and poetised

How one of Brazil's most dangerous urban centres became a hub of art and poetry.  Like many new megacities, the centre of Sao Paulo is ringed by an enormous, sprawling, urban mass.

Mapuche-Spanish dictionary created in Argentina

Argentina’s Wixaleyiñ Mapuche education team has unveiled the first bilingual dictionary for its native Mapudungun tongue and Spanish produced “from the perspective of the people recovering” their language.

“Papa: Hemingway in Cuba” Wins Best Picture at Sonoma

The Sonoma Film Festival announced that Papa won the Best Picture Award. Papa, based on a true story, follows journalist Ed Myers (Giovanni Ribisi) on his adventure to Cuba during the time period preceding the 1959 revolution.

Cuban 'Frikis': the rockers who finally saw The Rolling Stones

The marginalized Cuban rockers could face detention for their musical taste, were a threat to the socialist patterns and gave themselves HIV during the 80's.

Maya Metropolis

Beneath Guatemala’s modern capital lies the record of the rise and fall of an ancient city. Built alongside an ancient lake, Kaminaljuyú was once the most populous Maya city in the southern highlands.

The last “lost” tribes of the Amazon?

Experts suggest there are perhaps 70 such groupings left, numbering anything from 2,000 to 3,000 people in total, nearly all of whom live in the headwaters of the Amazon.

The fight for Rapa Nui's protection

Some worry the proposed marine park will prevent them from feeding their families and say it is a form of colonialism.

Brazil rugby in Rio Olympics 2016

When you think of Brazil you probably think of football, the Copacabana beach, the Amazon rainforest or samba music. One thing you probably would not think of is rugby.

Why are the lost tribes now emerging from the Amazon?

Film-maker Angus Macqueen had extraordinary access to one of the last uncontacted indigenous peoples for his new documentary. Here he tells of the struggles they now face on the border of Brazil and Peru

Mayas and Graphic Novels

Long before Bugs Bunny came along, a cheeky rabbit terrorised Mayan gods. With speech bubbles, stink lines and naughty jokes, they are uncannily similar to today's graphic novels.

Venezuela: Synonymous of a broad spectrum of artistic activity

Top 10 of the most important and recognized Venezuelan artists compared with the best international art.

Dancing for the Virgin of Candelaria in Peru

Follow a dancer through the exhaustion and jubilation of Peru's days-long Virgin of Candelaria festival.

Carnival time in Latin America

Six samba schools paraded on February 7th during the first night of Grupo Especial Carnival competition in Rio de Janeiro`s Sambódromo and Barranquilla’s carnival, in Colombia, kicked off Saturday with its epic Battle of Flowers parade.

Conmebol and Concacaf cut off by FIFA

FIFA has cut off funding to the corruption-hit confederations for football in the Americas, the global football body said on Monday, in a move which could cause future cash flow problems for the two organizations.

Colombia vs Columbia: A nation scorned in spelling?

Colombians are getting tired of their country being misspelled, this duo kicks off “It’s Colombia Not Columbia” campaign

Bolivians celebrate growing economy at Alasitas festival

Yearly event sees throngs of attendees spend money on miniatures and counterfeit money in hopes that their purchases will bring good fortune

Smithe: Creativity to heaven

At 27, Luis has become one of Mexico's most promising illustrators around the world without leaving aside his ideals.

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena wins Pritzker Prize

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena won the prestigious 2016 Pritzker Prize Wednesday, earning praise for "powerful" designs that address key social and economic challenges of the 21st century.

Messi wins fifth Ballon d'Or award

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has won the Ballon d'Or award for the world's best player for the fifth time.

Bloco da Preta warms up for carnival in Rio de Janeiro

Bloco da Preta hold their first performance of the year during the Festa do Bem-Vindo 2016 (Welcome 2016 Party) on Saturday, January 2nd.

Untangling an accounting tool and an ancient Incan mystery

In a dry canyon strewn with the ruins of a long-dead city, archaeologists have made a discovery they hope will help unravel one of the most tenacious mysteries of ancient Peru: how to read the knotted string records, known as khipus, kept by the Incas.

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